WCU accepting applications for Mountain Area Writing Project

Western Carolina University is currently accepting applications from Western North Carolina public school teachers for participation in the 20th Annual Mountain Area Writing Project.

Co-sponsored by WCU and The University of North Carolina at Asheville, the 20-day session will be held on the UNCA campus from July 5 through July 27. Fifteen public school teachers, representing all subjects and grade levels, will be selected to attend.

The project offers Western North Carolina teachers an opportunity to spend part of the summer developing personal writing skills, learning new ways to use writing in the classroom and reading recent publications on the teaching of composition.

Activities will run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The course is intensive and part-time employment and similar activities should be avoided during the term, project organizers say.

Six hours of WCU graduate credit for “Writing Seminar for Teachers” (English 611) will be awarded for successful completion. Participants must register with the WCU Graduate School prior to enrolling.

The Mountain Area Writing Project is part of an international movement. More than 200 colleges and universities around the world conduct similar programs, following the model of the highly successful Bay Area Writing Project.

Deadline for application is May 7. For more information, contact program director Jim Addison by e-mail at jaddison@wcu.edu or call (828) 227-3929.